Jesus, the Focus of God's Promises
The promise of life that is in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 1:1)
‘A man apt to promise is apt to forget,’ said Thomas Fuller. ‘Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken,’ said Jonathan Swift. However we word it, we’re probably all too familiar with people’s broken promises, and we have no doubt all been disappointed many times. But with God, things are really quite different. His promises are not mere ‘wishful thinking’, vague hopes or empty words; they are firm declarations of intent that he has committed himself to fulfil in Christ.
When Mike was a school teacher, if ever there was trouble in a particular class, he always knew where to look. There were always one or two individuals who (no matter what the issue) would be involved. All the experience and all the evidence always pointed to them! And that’s exactly how it is with Jesus and the promises of God; everything points to him. He is their origin, their fulfilment, their goal. It is he himself who is ‘the promise of life’ (2 Timothy 1:1).
Paul put it like this: ‘No matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ’ (2 Corinthians 1:20). What he meant was that, first, Christ is God’s ‘Yes’ to all the promises of Scripture. That is, they all point to him and are fulfilled in him. So if our understanding or claiming of God’s promises leads us to anything or anyone other than Christ, then our interpretation is, quite simply, wrong. Second, Paul was saying that Christ himself is God’s ‘Amen’ to all the promises of Scripture. As we claim these promises for ourselves, we are simply adding our ‘Amen’ to the ‘Amen’ that is Jesus himself. We are not trying to wrestle anything out of his hands; we are simply agreeing with what he has said he wants to do!
Today, you don’t have to wrestle the promises from God’s hands; they are freely given to you in Christ, God’s ultimate promise. So let Jesus help you to claim, boldly and confidently, whatever promises you need today, and let them lead you closer to him.
Through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 3:6)
Copyright © 2017 Martin Manser and Mike Beaumont
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